The Heavens Are Telling

The Heavens Are Telling

by Karen Clark-Sheard


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Powerful, inspirational, and just downright gifted, Karen Clark-Sheard was already a successful artist as part of the Gospel Hall of Fame group the Clark Sisters when her 1997 solo debut Finally Karen launched her into a whole new stratosphere of popularity. The combination of her energetic voice with R&B/hip-hop-infused gospel songs pushed that album and its follow-up, 2nd Chance, to levels of crossover success rarely experienced by a gospel artist. Clark-Sheard's third disc, The Heavens Are Telling, incorporates the best elements of her previous outings by showcasing six new live performances alongside five new studio tracks. Rarely does this formula coalesce into a solid listen, as one set of tracks tends to overshadow the other; but in Clark-Sheard's case it works well as the enormity of her voice and depth of her message remain consistent throughout. Recorded in Detroit at the church where her husband serves as senior pastor, the live tracks (which successfully blend in studio overdubs) bristle with energy right from the start, as Clark-Sheard's commanding voice thrillingly demands attention in the jubilant R&B workout "We Acknowledge You." She maintains that joyous intensity on each successive live track, diversely moving through songs like the upbeat Stevie Wonder-ish "Glorious (Make the Praise)" and the gorgeous pop/R&B gospel ballad "God Is Here." The studio tracks, although more urban in tone, comfortably follow as the invigorating hip-hop of "Go Ahead" leads the way with guest Missy Elliott reshaping her songs "Work It" and "Slide" into praising raps. Once again working with her 2nd Chance writers/producers, Clark-Sheard effortlessly sings a set of songs that any R&B diva would be ecstatic to record -- especially when many of them are settling for mediocre retreads. Whether in the studio or on the stage, Karen Clark-Sheard sounds completely in her element and in command and totally committed to her music, her audience, and her message. Although her talent was already apparent as part of the Clark Sisters, it seems that going solo further enhanced her gifts and The Heavens Are Telling lets her rising star shine brilliantly.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596289429
catalogNumber: 62894
Rank: 104508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen Clark-Sheard   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Vanessa Williams   Vocals
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Chris McDonald   Trombone,Conductor
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Randy Poole   Horn Engineer
Cedric Thompson   Piano
Joey Woolfalk   Guitar
Melonie Daniels   Vocals
William Wood   Background Vocals
DeWayne Woods   Vocals
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Audra Alexander   Background Vocals
Ayuana George   Overdubs
Erica McCollough   Vocals
Latrice Pace   Vocals
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard   Background Vocals
Troy Bright   Vocals,Overdubs
Katie Hagen   French Horn
J Moss   Background Vocals
Beth Beeson   French Horn
Jeane Lavant   Background Vocals
Blanche McAllistor   Vocals
Daphne Ginyard   Background Vocals
Yvonne Graham   Background Vocals
Quince "Quincey" Howard   Vocals
Larry Johnson   Organ
Sean Reed   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Thomas Whitfield   Contributor
Andraé Crouch   Composer
Karen Clark-Sheard   Executive Producer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Chris McDonald   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
James Moss   Composer
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Donald Lawrence   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Cedric Thompson   Musical Director
Melonie Daniels   Vocal Overdubs
Keith Pelzer   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Executive Producer
Jill Scott   Composer
J Moss   Producer,Engineer
Mark Anthony Williams   Engineer
Martha Munizzi   Composer
Todd Kozey   Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Direction
Roberto Fantauzzi   Photo Production
Paul "PDA" Allen   Producer,Engineer
Steve "Supe" White   Programming
Israel Houghton   Composer
Jay Brown   Executive Producer
Chris Conway   Engineer

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The Heavens Are Telling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally loved "The Heavens are Telling". It is really powerful and spiritual, and deep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen tops the charts again with The Heavens are telling. With eleven songs on this CD, Karen, again; makes it impossible for you to skip one track. The first six songs are live songs. With Karen Clark Sheard at her absolute finest- these songs are sure to make you feel the move of God where ever you are. This is one CD that packs its live experience within its music and muses into the spirit of Praise and Worship. With sunshinning performances featuring gospel stars "Mary Mary" and up in coming Gospel singer, and daughter of Karen Sheard's, Kierra Sheard- the live songs are perfect. Karen Clark's powerful voice is not held back in any of these annointed songs of God. With every growl and every high note- there is annointing and power- Karen is classic Clark material in these songs. Up are 5 studio tracks that are sure to stay in your head. Track Number 9 seems to stand out to this owner as being soo melodic and beautiful. It connects urban production with classical simple chords that bring about a song that really shoots for number one on the charts of the billboards and your heart. It is no secret to anyone that hears this- that this CD is all about Praise Worship and encouragement. IF YOU DONT BUY ONE MORE THING- BUY THIS CD- IT IS SURE TO BLESS YOUR LIFE AND SOUL- If there were 25 stars I'd give them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sister Karen had done it again!!! If you have heard Karen tell her testimony on how God saved her from a near death experience, you’ll understand why she poured her heart into this particular praise and worship CD. From the moment you hear the first live track, “We Acknowledge You,” ushers in the Holy Spirit, she takes us further with her tear-jerking rendition of Andrae Crouch’s “We Are Not Ashamed,” featuring Mary Mary. The next song, “Glorious (Make The Praise),” has me dancing everywhere I go non- stop. The title track, “The Heavens Are Telling,” and “God Is Here,” undeniably has strengthened my relationship with God. And I can’t forget about Ms. Kiki. Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark is surely smiling down on the legacy of the Clarks. The studio tracks “Go Ahead,” “Praise Up,” are sure to get you dancing again. “I Owe,” a song very similar to Kirk Franklin’s “Hosanna,” is a new favorite. “Sometimes,” has given me the assurance that God has never left me nor forsaken me. “Don’t Change,” is a song that a lot of teenage girls can relate to. Overall, this CD is still in heavy rotation in my car, house, and at work. If you like Karen’s Finally CD, then this is the CD for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen and her daughter get better and better everytime I hear them. What a wonderful collection of songs that make you stomp your feet, and then make you lift up your hands in worship. My particular favorite one was "In the Sanctuary". The band was wonderful as usual Cedric Thompson is a beast on the boards!! and the backup singers were great as well...GET THIS ALBUM!!